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New life at Kelowna's Kangaroo Creek Farm

Joeys born at Kangaroo Creek Farm
Image Credit: FACEBOOK/Kangaroo Creek Farm
February 01, 2020 - 7:00 AM

The dark days of an Okanagan winter are still upon us but there’s some new and exotic life springing up at a local farm.

Kangaroo Creek Farm, which will open this spring in its new Kelowna location, just welcomed a new joey to the fold or, as the case may be, pocket.

“All marsupial babies are called joeys, regardless of whether it's a kangaroo, koala, wombat, etc.,” the owners said in an email. “The joeys you've seen in the photos on our Facebook page are Wallaroo joeys.”

That particular species has joeys year-round and as one leaves the pouch, they start on a new one.

“We call them assembly line breeders,” they wrote.

“However, most kangaroos and wallabies are seasonal breeders in that their joeys usually emerge from the pouch in spring/summer. Our Bennett wallabies almost always have their joeys in the spring/summer.”

They say they can’t know yet how many joeys they will get this season. In fact, sometimes a joey is hard to detect in the pouch until it becomes quite large and starts to wriggle around.

Given the line of work they’re in at Kangaroo Creek Farm, they’re all too aware of what’s happening in Australia and have been trying to raise funds for wildlife rescue efforts through their Facebook page.

“We have done what we can to contribute in that we've donated a considerable amount of money to the rescue effort, and have tried to encourage others to donate on our Facebook page,” they said.

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